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Solidarités International seeks to recruit an emergency project manager – Maiduguri, Nigeria

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Desired start date : ASAP
Duration of the mission : 
1 year

About the mission in Nigeria :

Solidarites International opened the Nigeria mission over the summer 2016. Starting with a single project, this mission has quickly expanded and SI is now a major WASH and shelter actor in the Borno State.

The current political and military crisis has affected millions of lives in the area and SI is answering the needs of displaced populations and host communities in Borno State. The targeted areas of intervention are WASH, shelter, logistics, food security and livelihood.


Programs currently running :

  • Multi-sectorial WASH and FSL project funded by EuropeAid over 3 years in consortium leaded by ALIMA –  started in January 2018 in Monguno, Ngala, Askira/Uba ;
  • Logistic Platform project funded by WFP in Monguno ;
  • Emergency WASH and Shelter response funded by OFDA – Maiduguri, Monguno, Dikwa, Ngala ;
  • Emergency WASH in Health funded by ECHO – in partnership with ALIMA (leaded by SI) in Maiduguri and Monguno ;
  • Emergency WASH funded by ECHO in Maiduguri, Monguno and Dikwa.

This mission is strong and has potential to continue developing relevant and mandate-based interventions to cover the humanitarian needs in the area and to ensure a real humanitarian impact. The team is well staffed with very diverse profiles (former SI, former national staffs from several SI missions, various backgrounds and technicalities). Overall, the atmosphere is very good, people get along well and they love to play volleyball on Sundays.

Here are the key numbers and information about the mission :

  • 5 bases (Maiduguri, Abuja, Dikwa, Ngala and Monguno) plus Coordination Office in Maiduguri ;
  • The number of expatriates is around 20 ;
  • The national staff are approximately 220 ;
  • The total budget of the mission is around 7,5 million euros.

About the job…

General objective :

  • The Emergency program manager is in charge of implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the proposals ;
  • He/she is in charge of supervising the emergency team, currently composed of 3 people, allocated to his/her program ;
  • He/she guarantees the proper execution and the quality of the implemented program and, if applicable, suggests adjustments or developments to ensure its relevance.


The main tasks :

Project relevance, quality and design :

  • Contribute to establishing needs assessments ;
  • Contribute to define Solidarités International’s local strategy and contribute to the annual programming by proposing new activities ;
  • Organize and facilitate evaluation missions ;
  • Propose a technical approach and a financial, human and logistical scope for the programs to be implemented ;
  • Write the technical annexes and chapters (including the logical framework) for the proposals ;
  • Implement activities in compliance with the annual operational strategy, Solidarités International’s technical requirements and the financial donors’ criteria ;
  • Evaluate the relevance of the activities carried out, as well as the effectiveness of the interventions and their appropriateness with respect to contextual developments and the populations’ needs ;
  • Propose adjustments to the programs, if necessary ;
  • Ensure that the programs under his/her supervision achieve the required results ;
  • Ensure that program objectives meet sustainability requirements and, if required, compliance with established norms and standards ;
  • Participate in building the emergency teams’ abilities with respect to techniques or new methodologies.

Implementation and operational monitoring :

  • Plan activities and emergency cycles in the light of established objectives ;
  • Used the project management, monitoring and evaluation tools for emergencies, particularly the planning and monitoring timeline ;
  • Propose and implement quality criteria and monitoring indicators for emergency program ;
  • Support and advise to the base’s logistical department for the purchase of specific materials for emergency activities ;
  • Plan and supervise the emergency program implementation he/she is in charge of, being sure to meet deadlines and adhere to predefined technical specifications ;
  • Supervise and provide support for the emergency managers; monitor and evaluate the implemented emergency activities ;
  • Anticipate any issues linked to carrying out the emergency activities and help to resolve any problems related to the  emergency activities ;
  • Suggest any adjustments to be made to the emergency depending on contextual and indicator developments ;
  • Working with the administrative department, contribute to developing budgets relative to his/her program and monitor expenses and budget forecasts ;
  • Working with given project manager, draw up requirement statuses and cash flow needs.

Capitalization :

  • Use the capitalization tools proposed by Solidarités International ;
  • Participate in the centralization and distribution of procedures, guides and tools linked to the emergency activities ;
  • Capitalize on intervention methods and techniques and on the experiences acquired by Solidarités and other participants in the emergency activities ;
  • Write procurement and handover reports before the end of his/her contract and send it to the appropriate persons on the mission and at headquarters.

Personnel management :            

  • Participate in validating the hiring of national technical staff for activities ;
  • Define the prerequisites for opened emergency positions together with the administrative department; adapt existing job descriptions if required ;
  • Greet and brief the expatriates working on the program ;
  • Identify and pass on any training needs for emergency teams ;
  • Set up technical training depending on emergency operational needs and identified training requirements ;
  • Manage and support the team under his/her responsibility ;
  • Lead work groups and thematic meetings ;
  • Evaluate and assess the performance of colleagues under his/her direct supervision ;
  • Ensure adherence to security regulations by personnel under his/her supervision.

Reporting / communication / representation :

  • Pass upward to the relevant persons any information on the security situation or on any event that could impact Solidarités activities and the safety of the teams ;
  • Draft emergency reports and any annexes relating to specific activities for the financial donor reports and/or amendments ;
  • Ensure that all reports are delivered on time and in the correct format ;
  • Maintain a local operational communications network and good relations with local and government authorities, financial donor representatives, UN agencies and other international agencies ;
  • In his/her assignment area, represent Solidarités International’s at meetings or forums concerning the emergency activities ;
  • Represent the organization when asked and/or delegated to do so ;
  • Reply to headquarter information requests regarding specific needs.

Your profile :

  • Master degree in a field related to emergency ;
  • Previous experiences in unsecure and tense environment ;
  • Experience in supporting emergency response, preferably in conflict/post-conflict contexts ;
  • Experience in managing teams and building staff capacity ;
  • Problem solving and analytical skills with the ability to assess challenges and recommend solutions ;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills ;
  • Flexibility ;
  • Autonomous, organize, ability to prioritize and to work under pressure ;
  • Strong computer skills (Pack office, excel) ;
  • English: fluent with excellent writing capacities.

Si will offer you :

A salaried post :

According to experience, starting from 1980 euros gross per month (1800 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly)
and a monthly Per Diem of 600 USD SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.

Vacation :

During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time-off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 750 USD allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs).

Social and medical cover :

Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

Living conditions :

The living conditions of the base are comfortable (A.C, comfortable beds, TV, tennis table, good cooking etc) with possibility of finding a wide range of goods for cooking. Despite restriction (curfew & limitation of movement), the level of activities is quite good (Sport: Soccer, volleyball…and interactions with other INGO).  The multicultural environment allows for enriching exchanges and extensive discussions, as the atmosphere is very uplifting. The problematic aspect is that security procedures are quite restrictive (which is normal given the context) but it means that movement are limited and that knowledge of the city and the culture will be also very limited.

Application process :

  • Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English ;
  • NB : The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension ;
  • For further information about Solidarités International, please consult our website : here

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